Miami Marlins: Fish return home to face Nats

Fish look to end skid at home

Thanks largely to a winless six-game road trip, the Miami Marlins have lost seven straight games. The good news for Miami is that a return home begins Monday with a three-game set against the Washington Nationals.

The Marlins were swept last week by Washington and over the weekend by the Philadelphia Phillies. After sweeping Miami, the Nationals were also swept over the weekend, dropping three games to the Atlanta Braves.

First baseman Adam LaRoche continues to drive in runs for Washington while second baseman Anthony Rendon has been a pleasant surprise, hitting .340 this season. While Washington has had guys shine at the plate, the heart and soul of the Nationals remains the stellar starting rotation.

With a record of 7-5, Washington is in second place, a game back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. Thanks to seven straight losses, Miami has fallen from first in the division to last, but remains just a half game back of the fourth place New York Mets.

The Nationals and Marlins will play games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. All three games will get underway at 7:10 P.M. local time. Following the set, Miami won’t face Washington again until the very end of May.

Season Series
Washington leads 3-0. The Washington Nationals took all three meetings from the Marlins so far this season. Washington swept Miami last week in the nation’s capital using eighth inning grand slams in consecutive days. On Wednesday, it was Jayson Werth, who hit a grand slam to put the Nationals ahead and on Thursday, Ian Desmond’s slam put the Marlins away.

Marlins Musings

Stanton Continuing to Supply Power
Hot starts have not been common for Giancarlo Stanton throughout his young big league career, but this season is turning out to be the exception. In 13 games, Stanton is hitting .291 with 16 RBIs and four home runs. In Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Philadelphia, Stanton blasted a pair of long balls including a majestic 469-foot shot to left-center in the fifth inning. Stanton is currently tied for fifth in all of baseball when it comes to hitting home runs and ranks second in the National League in RBIs.

Fernandez Struggled in First Road Start
After posting a 2-0 record and a 0.71 ERA at home, Jose Fernandez was handled by the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday at Citizens Bank Park. The 21-year-old All-Star lasted just four innings surrendering six runs on eight hits while giving up four walks to take the loss. Fernandez’s ERA ballooned by more than three points. Fernandez will have a chance to bounce back as he pitches the final game of the series with Washington.

Pitching Match-ups
Monday – Jordan Zimmermann (WAS) 0-0, 8.10 ERA vs. Brad Hand (MIA) 0-0, 3.24 ERA
Tuesday – Stephen Strasburg (WAS) 1-1, 4.24 ERA vs. Tom Koehler (MIA) 1-1, 3.00 ERA
Wednesday – Tanner Roark (WAS) 1-0, 5.91 ERA vs. Jose Fernandez (MIA) 2-1, 3.78 ERA

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